Irish prize for Bobby Sands film

15 Feb 09

A film about the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands has dominated the Irish Film and Television Awards.

Hunger took six awards at the ceremony in Dublin including best film, and best film actor for Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Bobby Sands.

Sands, 27, died at the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in 1981.

Fassbender went on a medically supervised diet to portray Sands, who refused food for 66 days in a bid to be recognised as a political prisoner.

At Saturday night’s awards ceremony, best supporting film actor was won by Liam Cunningham for his part in Hunger.

The film has already picked up a raft of other awards.

Steve McQueen’s movie was awarded the Gucci Group Award at the Venice Film Festival.

The film also won the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival last May.


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